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Hosts return to winning ways

The ODI between Delhi and Haryana will be remembered for some positive reasons. Most importantly, the game itself.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 21:23 IST

The one-day game between Delhi and Haryana on Thursday will be remembered for some positive reasons. Most importantly, the game itself.

Delhi started on a positive note by opting to bat on a surface with a tinge of moisture. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Aakash Chopra added 83 for the first wicket in less than 15 overs. If Dhawan was on song right from the beginning, then Chopra too looked in a different zone.

Delhi's total of 291 for five was due to the opening stand, along with a mature knock from skipper Mitthun Manhas. In reply, Haryana, despite some superb batting display by Sumit Sharma (82) and Shafiq Khan (70), succumbed to the pressure of the run-chase to hand Delhi a full four points.

Delhi, with eight points from four matches, have a slim chance of qualifying for the knock-out, while Haryana (9) have a bright chance, keeping in mind their easy last game against J&K. In Delhi's innings, it was that opening stand that laid the foundation for a big score. Dhawan played some typical drives through the off side against the likes of Joginder Sharma (who's played for India) and Sachin Rana, before being dismissed for 46.

His dismissal failed to stop the run-flow as Manhas joined a well-set Chopra. As the Kotla wicket started playing true after the initial hour, Manhas accelerated the run-flow from his bat. The 30 runs scored off Haryana medium-pacer Saurabh Virmani's two overs changed the complexion of the game. A 155-run partnership was enough evidence of the duo's authority over all visiting bowlers.

The only point of discussion was which of the two Delhi batsmen would reach his century first. No one— the answer came soon. Both Chopra (85) and Manhas (97) fell in identical fashion, trying to fish outside the off-stump. A target of 292 was always going to be difficult, but an absolutely flat track and some patchy Delhi fielding did help Haryana's cause. Then, a crucial run-out (Joginder by Chetanya Nanda), in the middle of the Haryana innings turned the match in favour of the hosts.

Scoreboard

Delhi: (Dhawan c Rawat b Sunny 46, Chopra c Rawat b Joginder 85, Manhas c Rawat b Joginder 97, Bhatia not out 29, Nanda st Rawat b Mishra 0, Bali c Shafiq b Joginder 2, Suhail not out 8, Extras -- b-2, lb-5, w-3, nb-14 -- 24)

Total (for 5 wkts): 291

Fall of wkts: 1-83, 2-238, 3-255, 4-256, 5-267.

Bowling: Joginder 10-0-64-3, Rana 9-0-46-0, Virmani 4-0-45-0, Sunny 6-0-27-1, Mishra 10-1-40-1, Vashisht 6-0-33-0, Chowdhary 5-0-29-0.

Haryana: (Sumeet c Bali b Ishant 82, Rawat c Bisht b Ishant 0, Sunny c Bali b Negi 39, Shafiq c Bisht b Kuunal 70, Joginder run out Nanda 1, Verma c sub (Rawat) b Ishant 16, Rana b Bali 9, Sahu c Bisht b Kuunal 11, Mishra b Bhandari 0, Vashisht c Bisht b Kuunal 3, Choudhry not out 2, Extras -- b-6, lb-9, w-2, nb-5 -- 22)

Total (all out in 49 overs): 255

Fall of wkts: 1-0, 2-85, 3-186, 4-191, 5-218, 6-235, 7-249, 8-249, 9-251.

Bowling: Bhandari 9-1-49-1, Ishant 8.4-0-44-3, Kuunal 10-1-31-3 , Negi 5-0-33-1, Chetanya 9-0-43-0, Suhail 5-0-31-0, Bali 2.2-0-9-1

The other positive

In an unsavory incident just after the toss, DDCA Executive member DS Bawa, clearly inebriated, along with several very upset-looking Sports Committee members — Vijay Bahadur Mishra, Surya Prakash, Ramesh Sachdeva and Naresh Sharma (Tappu) — challenged the appointment of Chetan Chauhan as the new interim selection panel head.

After an exchange of abuses, Chauhan (also a DDCA vice-president) prevailed, telling them he would have them thrown off if they didn't stop trying to disrupt proceedings. They went off and sat on the nearby hill. All this apparently happened over the sacking of assistant coach MS Jaggi and axing of offie Yogesh Sachdeva.